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Students Run L.A.®

The mission of Students Run LA (SRLA) is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: The training for and completion of the Honda LA Marathon.

The program began in the 1980s with one teacher and a handful of students. Today, the program has grown to 500 teachers and 3000 students from 170 schools and community programs throughout Los Angeles.

Since 1989, more than 42,000 students have been served by SRLA. The growth of the program has only increased its success. Each year:
  • More than 95% of the students who start the marathon, finish the full 26.2 mile course.
  • More than 95% of the seniors who run the marathon graduate from high school, compared to a 60% overall graduation rate for Los Angeles County.
  • More than 90% of SRLA graduating seniors have plans to attend college, compared to 53 percent of graduating seniors in Los Angeles County.
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